U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 230
BLM COMPLETES LAND EXCHANGE IN BAKERSFIELD AREA
The BLM Bakersfield Field Office recently completed an important land exchange benefiting Sierra Nevada wilderness in central California. A total of 960 acres in southeastern Tulare County were acquired in the exchange, including one entire meadow (Big Pine Meadow) and a portion of another meadow (Lamont Meadow).
The benefiting wilderness areas are: Owens Peak Wilderness, Domeland Wilderness, Chimney Peak Wilderness, and Sacatar Trail Wilderness.
BLM exchanges are made on a equal value basis, not an acre-for-acre basis. BLM exchanged 4,173 acres in Kings, Kern, and San Luis Obispo Counties and an additional 1,821 acres of BLM mineral estate (split estate) to equal the value of the lands that were acquired. All of the BLM parcels used in the exchange were isolated (not connected to larger BLM parcels) and difficult to manage. Two public comment periods were conducted for the exchange, along with Congressional and local government notifications. The exchange was seen as a win-win by all parties involved. The exchange was done with Conservation Partners, Inc. of Berkeley, CA, and took approximately two years to process. It helps fulfill the goals of BLM’s land use plan and wilderness activity plans in the area.
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